NaVorro Bowman missed six tackles against the Rams

The 49ers have some time off before their next game, so over the next few days I’ll go through the coaches tape and highlights problems the Niners had during their most recent loss. Today, I’m highlighting NaVorro Bowman. He missed six tackles against the Rams. I’ll show you each one. First missed tackle: First-and-10, 7:00 1st quarter. Todd Gurley gains three yards after Bowman misses him. Second missed tackle: First-and-10,…

September 23, 2017
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Kyle Shanahan says Tank Carradine has a high ankle sprain that could end his season

SANTA CLARA This is the transcript of Kyle Shanahan’s Week 3 Friday press conference, courtesy of the 49ers P.R. department..   After watching the game on film, how do you reconcile the slow start versus the fast finish, as a head coach? Do you come away ultimately happy with the team or what’s your sense? “You know, it’s about executing. And the more you execute, the better you do. I…

September 22, 2017
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49ers 39, Rams 41: Grades

1 SANTA CLARA Here are the 49ers’ grades after their 41-39 home loss to the Rams. QUARTERBACK: A-minus. The minus is for the first pass of the game. That was brutal. Brian Hoyer threw the ball right to the cornerback, who intercepted the pass and returned the ball to the 49ers three-yard line. Hoyer basically handed the Rams a seven-point head start. First, the location of the cornerback should have…

September 21, 2017
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49ers vs. Rams live blog

SANTA CLARA This is the live blog for the 49ers Week 3 Thursday night game against the Rams. I will update frequently with information and analysis from the press box. 5:06 Here are the 49ers inactives: SS Eric Reid LB Reuben Foster WR Kendrick Bourne CB Ahkello Witherspoon LB Pita Taumoepenu OL Erik Magnuson DL Xavier Cooper 5:09 Here are the Rams inactives: QB Brandon Allen RB Malcolm Brown DB…

September 21, 2017
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49ers-Rams tickets currently cheaper than tickets to the Grand National Rodeo

If you want to go to Levi’s Stadium and watch the 49ers play the Rams Thursday night, you can buy two tickets for $20 each right now on StubHub. That’s cheaper than the cheapest tickets to see Cal play USC at Memorial Stadium this Saturday. Cheaper than the cheapest tickets to see Comedian Jeff Dunham and his puppets perform at the Mountain Winery in Saratoga on September 29. Cheaper than…

September 21, 2017
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Small improvement in passing game would give 49ers a chance to defeat Rams

1 Sunday’s loss to the Seahawks was no moral victory. Moral victories don’t exist in professional sports. No one cares the Niners played tough against a good team on the road or that the game was close until the end. A loss is always a loss is always a loss. But you must admit, the defense played well. And the running game was effective. And the special teams were good,…

September 20, 2017
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Brian Hoyer on the lack of deep passes: ‘We just didn’t have the right looks to throw them.’

SANTA CLARA This is the transcript of Brian Hoyer’s Week 2 Tuesday press conference, courtesy of the 49ers P.R. department.   You’ve been in this situation before with people saying, ‘What’s wrong with the quarterback?’ ‘Hey, should we replace the quarterback?’ You’ve been here. “Yeah, I’ve been through it all.”   How do you deal with the inevitable criticism that comes with the job? “First of all, you don’t listen…

September 19, 2017
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Robert Saleh on containing Russell Wilson: ‘We had him. We had him in our grasp.’

SANTA CLARA Here is the transcript of Robert Saleh’s Week 3 Tuesday press conference, courtesy of the 49ers P.R. department.   We’re two weeks in. Just an overview, how do you feel about the way your defense has performed? “Both good and bad. The results are not what we want. If you look at yards and all that stuff, we don’t look at that stuff. The bottom line is points….

September 19, 2017
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Evaluating Kyle Shanahan’s reason for not throwing deep vs. the Seahawks

During Sunday’s game against the Seahawks, Brian Hoyer threw zero passes more than 20 yards downfield and only two passes more than 10 yards downfield. I asked Kyle Shanahan during his Monday conference call why Hoyer never threw deep. Here’s what Shanahan said: “We had a couple shots early and the protection didn’t hold up. Then it was basically what they were giving to you. If you sit back and…

September 18, 2017
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Help Kyle Shanahan game plan for the Rams defense

This weekend, I posted five pass concepts the 49ers could have used to attack the Seahawks’ Cover-3 defense down the field. The Niners used none of those concepts. Some of you have said those concepts were impossible to execute for a variety of reasons. I appreciate your candor and football expertise. Since you know what does and does not work, I encourage each of you to draw up one play…

September 18, 2017
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Kyle Shanahan: ‘We had a couple shots early and the protection didn’t hold up.’

Here is the transcript of Kyle Shanahan’s Week 3 Monday conference call, courtesy of the 49ers P.R. department.   S Eric Reid said that he was going in for an MRI today. What was the result of that? “He’s got something with his knee. He definitely won’t play this week. You know, the good news is, he’s not going to need surgery, so it will heal on its own. But,…

September 18, 2017
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49ers 9, Seahawks 12: Grades

Here are the 49ers’ grades after their 12-9 road loss to the Seattle Seahawks. QUARTERBACK: F. Statistically one of the worst performances we’ve seen from a 49ers quarterback in a long time. Brian Hoyer threw no touchdown passes, one interception, completed just 56 percent of his passes and threw for a mere 99 yards. Ugh! Instead of signing Hoyer, the Niners should have signed Jay Cutler, as I wrote during…

September 17, 2017
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49ers 9, Seahawks 12: Postgame report

Stay tuned for my 49ers team grades, which I will post shortly. In the meantime, check out my postgame Periscope report below. 49ers 9, Seahawks 12: Postgame report https://t.co/NY7MsutCGm — Grant Cohn (@grantcohn) September 17, 2017

September 17, 2017
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49ers @ Seahawks live blog

This is the live blog for the 49ers’ Week 2 road game against the Seahawks. I will update this frequently with information and analysis from my living room. 1:02 Here are the 49ers’ inactives: WR Kendrick Bourne, CB Ahkello Witherspoon, FS Lorenzo Jerome, DE Pita Taumoepenu, LB Reuben Foster, OL Erik Magnuson, DT Xaveri Cooper. 1:03 Jimmie Ward is active, but he may not start. Jaquiski Tartt most likely will…

September 17, 2017
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How to beat the Seahawks in Seattle

Let’s not kid ourselves. The 49ers probably won’t beat the Seahawks on Sunday. The game will be in Seattle, where the Seahawks have lost only five times the past three seasons. But that doesn’t mean the Niners are hopeless. It means their burden of execution will be extremely high. Here are the five things they have to execute perfectly to win this Sunday. 1. Improve their TPS Report. Before even…

September 16, 2017
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Robert Saleh: ‘I felt like we could have kept (the Panthers) under 10.’

1 SANTA CLARA This is the transcript of Robert Saleh’s Week 2 Thursday press conference, courtesy of the 49ers P.R. department.   Bear with me, I’m doing a story on the history of this defense that you’re playing. I was just wondering how far do the influences go back? Can you go back to the old Raiders and how they played press and maybe former NFL defensive coordinator Floyd Peters…

September 14, 2017
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Fact-checking Kyle Shanahan’s assessment of the 49ers’ outside-zone run game

1 SANTA CLARA Wednesday afternoon, I asked Kyle Shanahan why his outside-zone runs didn’t work against the Panthers. Here’s what Shanahan said: “Just the same reason any one is. You don’t make the blocks. You don’t get the hole. We did have an outside zone one that I thought we had everyone blocked and we just tripped going through the line. If we would have hit that one, it would…

September 13, 2017
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